In addition to having a Sacramento bathroom design contractor remodel your bathroom with the latest water-saving appliances, there are other things you can do on your own to create a greener bathroom. For starters, you would be shocked to learn how many harmful chemicals are just wafting around in your bathroom air. Look into replacing your old chemical cleaning products with more natural options. You also may want to buy things like organic bath linens and linen shower curtains, the latter of which will help cut down on the amount of harmful vinyl that gets dumped back into the environment every day. These are just a few of the things you can do to help create greener bathrooms in your home, which will result in a healthier environment and a healthier family.
To learn more about how you can turn your old bathrooms into green bathrooms, please take a look at the video below:
To get in touch with an experienced Sacramento bathroom design contractor to talk about about ways to make your bathroom a healthier place, please contact Russ Johnson Construction today.
SACRAMENTO BATHROOM DESIGN VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
TITLE: Green Bathrooms
NARRATION: You probably think of your bathroom as a safe, clean place. But in fact, it may be the most toxic room in your whole house. Christine Richmond is Senior Editor and Green Expert in Natural Health Magazine. Now Christine, what are some of the evils lurking in the average bathroom.
Well, the average bathroom is usually a pretty small space. It doesn’t usually have really good ventilation, so it’s really easy for humidity to build up in there, and then you’d got mold and mildew issues. In addition to that, we will often tackle the bathroom with these really strong chemical cleaning products. We think we are doing our families good by keeping the space clean, but it actually introduces a lot of chemicals into the air that can build up over time. In fact, indoor air is often two to five times more polluted than outdoor air as a result.
What does it mean to detox your bathroom?
Detoxing your bathroom, you just kind of want to go through your space and see what you can swap out for a more natural options. It’s not very complicated. There are simple steps that you can take.
Why is this so important?
On one level we go through a lot of water in the bathroom. Hundreds of gallons a month. So, in that sense there are things you can do to cut back your water usage, which will save you money and also help the planet. And then, when you open up one of those bottles of cleaning products and start to use them, that smell you get just indicates how unhealthy they really are for you and your family.
Now you say there are some simple things we can do to make sure our bathrooms are eco-safe and clean. First, use safe cleaners.
Absolutely. They are getting a lot easier to find in stores, and they’re working a lot better than they used to. Some of our favorite brands are Seventh Generation. And Clorox has just come out with a new line that’s really affective as well.
Change your air fresheners?
Yeah. A lot of us will go to the store and grab one of those aerosol air fresheners, which unfortunately don’t do much more than kind of mask smells. And they have chemicals in them that can harm your lung health. So instead we suggest that people just crack a window and get some fresh air in the room. And if you do want to use a scented product, loo for one that has essential oils in it. It’s just a lot more safe and gentle.
Buying organic cotton bath linens? That really makes a difference?
Cotton especially is a crop that uses a lot of pesticides. So that is something that everybody can do that will make a big difference for the planet, just switching to from regular cotton to organic cotton. Under the Canopy makes some really beautiful organic cotton towels that feel great, and it’s just an easy thing you can do to help the planet.
You also say switch to non-vinyl shower curtains. What does that do?
Vinyl shower curtains are really popular because they are totally affordable, and they help reduce mold growth. But unfortunately, from an environmental standpoint they are pretty evil. They get thrown out, and they don’t decompose, so they just sit in landfills for a long time. And sometimes they’re burned, and when they’re burned they release these pretty noxious chemicals into the air. There’s luckily a lot of other options available. Natural fiber shower curtains like linen shower curtains will still stand up to your shower as well as a vinyl shower curtain, and you have the extra benefit of being able to throw it in the washer and dryer when you need to clean it. You can get those at Crate and Barrel.
Natural fiber bath mats?
Absolutely. Like your shower curtain, that non-slip side of your bath mat is usually made of vinyl. So instead, you could swap it our for something made of, for example, bamboo, which is a green material that has anti-bacterial properties so it really works well in the bathroom.
You also say low-flow shower heads can make a difference.
Yeah. They have a bad reputation because in the past they would really lower your water pressure and people didn’t like that. But they’ve come a long way, and they can save you up to 1,700 gallons a year in water, so it’s a really great, easy step to take.